Via Comic Book Resources, That Hashtag Show caught up with Kinberg at the Saturn Awards, and he was forthcoming about what’s currently happening with Gambit. “We have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning of spring of next year,” said Kinberg. Earlier in the year, Kinberg noted that the most recent setback for the film was born out of a desire to get the script right.
As far as we know, Doug Liman remains attached to direct Gambit, although he has currently stepped aside to helm Mena, a crime drama starring Tom Cruise. Channing Tatum will play the Cajun card-tosser, but it’s unclear if Léa Seydoux is still slated to portray Bella Donna Boudreaux, Gambit’s first love. Some previous reports have suggested that Liman wanted to recast the film, aside from the title character.
Even among the X-Men, Gambit’s origin stands out as one of the more convoluted backstories, and it would take a considerable amount of effort to streamline it for the big screen. The presence of Bella Donna in the last iteration of the script suggests that at least some elements from the comic version will remain in the story.
Gambit doesn’t currently have an official release date, but Fox has mapped out two dates for its X-Men related films in 2018: March 2 and June 29. It’s possible that Gambit could be placed on one of those dates.
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